Today’s Lady News: Put Motherhood On Your Resume?

  • Two women are running for governor of Oklahoma. One woman is married with six children. The other woman has never married nor had kids. Interestingly, whether or not motherhood is an asset or a burden to the governorship is a hot topic for the election. What do you think? [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • Actress Sigourney Weaver said no one anticipated that Ripley, her character from the 1979 film “Alien,” would become an icon of female empowerment for women. [New York Daily News]
  • Punk icon Ari Up of The Slits passed away last week at the age of 48. According to Spin magazine, Up performed since age 14 and helped lay “the groundwork for the ’90s riot grrrl movement and inspiring everyone from Bjork and Courtney Love to Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney.” [Spin]

  • Activists in my home state of Connecticut are urging voters not to elect Republican candidate Linda McMahon as governor, because she pushed images that degrade women in the ring when she ran the World Wrestling Entertainment, or the WWE. In response, McMahon’s campaign said that everyone knows the WWE matches are only acting. [New London Day]
  • Opponents of legal abortion urged Iowa’s Board of Medicine on Sunday to halt Planned Parenthood’s use of “telemedicine,” in which a doctor consults with a woman over videoconference and the abortion pill is dispensed via computer. “Telemedicine” is a way to reach women who live in rural areas, but opponents say it violates state law that requires abortion to be performed by physicians. Proponents of “telemedicine” say doctors are performing the abortions because they’re the only ones dispensing the pills and they watch the woman take the first dosage via video. So far, 1,500 patients have obtained the abortion pill with this method. [Des Moines Register]
  • It would not be an election season if a female politician — in this case, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi — weren’t depicted as the Wicked Witch of the West and Cruella de Vil. [The Daily Beast]
  • Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at an anti-abortion conference this past weekend. King said she had two abortions and blames them for a breast cancer scare, cervical surgery, and a miscarriage. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists has steadfastly denied there’s any link between abortion and breast cancer, although it has long been touted by ant-abortion advocates. []
  • Nicole Wallace, a speechwriter for President George W. Bush and a member of John McCain’s 2008 election campaign, has written a novelization of her experiences in D.C. Wallace said she felt like she was scapegoated for all of Sarah Palin’s gaffes in the election and she was frustrated that mess overshadowed her many successful years as a speechwriter. [New York Times]
  • Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation talks about her work on behalf of the health and welfare of women and children in the developing world. [New York Times Magazine]
  • Pundit Rachel Maddow chats with Frisky contributor Chloe Angyal about reproductive rights, feminism and who she would take with her to a deserted island. (The answer is quite sweet.) [Feministing]
  • Thank you, blogger Amanda Hess, for your sexy Halloween costume guide for “conservatives and feminists alike”! []


  • Actresses who perform in Kabul, Afghanistan’s first soap opera risk their lives daily to act, as appearing on a TV show is not seen as befitting of a woman. [New York Times Magazine]
  • Can waging the same campaign against female genital mutilation in Africa that was waged against female foot-binding in China help bring the practice to an end? [New York Times Magazine]
  • An unintended consequence of China’s one-child policy is that the population is skewing more male than female, because boy babies have been favored over girl babies. Experts say, though, that the one-child policy may be eased to encourage parents to keep their girl children. [a href=”” target=”new”>]
  • A profile of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia and the first woman head of state in Africa. [New York Times Magazine]

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